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Seeing white-female whiteness and the purity of children in Australian, Chinese and British visual culture

Donald, S.H. (2000) Seeing white-female whiteness and the purity of children in Australian, Chinese and British visual culture. Social Semiotics, 10 (2). pp. 157-171.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330050009407
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Abstract

In this paper, I interrogate the expression and usage of 'whiteness' in Australian, British and Chinese visual culture. My approach is through reading local texts with an eye to transcultural systems of meaning, paying particular attention to the ways in which whiteness is used as a doubled category in sexual politics. The paper is formed through the performance of cross-cultural connectivities within an epistemological emphasis on the travelled theorist. The movement between Chinese, Australian and English ethical positions are constitutive of the perspectives expressed here; the perspectives are themselves concerned to look back and into those ethical positions. The performance works towards a recognition of the semiotic systems of power and identity, and therefore of the conditions of theoretical performance itself.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2000 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35880
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